Kim Kotary

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY

About Kim K.

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Kim teaches: Ages 8 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 1984
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to find out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

Minimum duration for lessons via webcam is 45 minutes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sewing machine
Knitting machine-bulky gauge
Ironing board and Iron
Cutting mat
and other miscellaneous craft tools, equipment and supplies.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch holders, scissors, knitting looms, glue guns, darning needles, sewing needles and thread and other miscellaneous crafting tools and supplies available by request. I will travel with my sewing machine if cab fare is provided in both directions.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.

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Experience

Textile Conservator
Jan 2013 - Present
Kim K.

Textile conservator in private practice. My experience includes work on one of the largest privately held collections of kimonos in America. I restored the embroidery and stabilized areas of loss on kimonos averaging 150 years old.

I have also restored areas of loss and stabilized crocheted family heirlooms averaging 50 years old including lace tablecloths and afghans.

Photos are available upon request.

Craft Teacher
Sep 2007 - Present
Adult Day Care

Provide crafting activities for adults with special needs and a variety of skill levels.

Crochet & Knit Teacher
Jul 2007 - Present
Various

I have taught classes for various businesses and organizations

Craft teacher
Jul 2007 - Present
Hudson Guild

Provide weekly craft classes free to anyone over age 55.
We currently rotate between knitting, crochet and sewing. The first hour of our class we have a group lesson or work on a group project. The second hour of our class is independent work time where anyone can get help with any project that interests them.

Tools and materials are provided to work on projects in class. If materials are provided, only completed projects may be taken home. If you want to work on your project at home, you must provide your own tools and materials.

Freelance Crochet and Knit Professional
Jun 2002 - Present
Kim K.

As a professional crochet and knit designer, I design, construct and write patterns. I have worked with Vogue Knitting, Crochet Today, Your Knitting Life, Interweave Crochet, Family Circle, Knit 1, Crochet!, Crochet World and other magazines; Coats and Clark, Lion Brand, Caron and other yarn companies; Soho Publishing, Annie's Attic, Dynamic Resources Group (DRG), American School of Needlework, Leisure Arts, and other publishing companies.

I have also worked as a technical editor in both crochet and knit for Soho Publishing, Crochet Today, Lion Brand, Interweave Crochet, Dover and private designers and artists.

Craft Teacher
Apr 2014 - Nov 2015
Project Find

"In Stitches...with Kim K"
Learn, practice and share your Crochet, Knitting and Sewing skills in a fun and caring atmosphere. Make things for yourself, gifts for friends and family, or charity items. Get help with your own projects and learn new skills. But, most of all - be inspired, feed your creativity and meet some new friends. Tools and materials will be provided to work on projects at the center, or bring your own that you can work on at home.
Hacemos las puntadas en Espanol, tambien.

Kim K is a profession craft instructor with over seven years experience working with older adults. Students often comment on Kim's kind and patient teaching style. She is also a published crochet and knit designer, technical editor and CYC certified instructor.

Instructor
Oct 2014 - Dec 2014
Community College

Continuing Education Intermediate Crochet Course

Craft Teacher
Oct 2008 - Jun 2014
Carter Burden/Making Art Work

Teach full day craft programs at libraries several times each year. Senior Participants craft items that are donated to organizations like Head Start and battered women's shelters.

Assistant Workroom Supervisor
Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Penn & Fletcher

Supervised and worked with 8-12 embroidery artisans to produce high end embroidery for interior designers, theater costume and film. My personal work can be seen in "The Aviator" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," among others. My skills include hand embroidery and tambour work.

Photos of select work available upon request.

Museum Curator
Jul 1994 - Aug 2000
Madison County Historical Society

My responsibilities included educational outreach programs, collections management, giving tours of an historic house museum, managing gift shop, research assistance, fund raising, grant writing, special event coordination, public relations, development, recruiting and supervising volunteers and interns, and general day-to-day management.

Education

MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile Conservation and Curation
Aug 2000 - May 2002
Fashion Institute of Technology
BS in History with minors in French and Political Science
Aug 1990 - May 1994
The King's College

Languages Spoken

Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Master Crocheter
Sep 2012
Crochet Guild of America

Certified Instructor
Sep 2007
Craft Yarn Council

Completed certified instructor programs in both crochet and knit.

74 Reviews on Kim K.

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judi Feb 22, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · Online
Kim was terrific! It was great to go through the basics and actually have someone watch what I was doing. Now I'm not HOPING I'm doing it correctly, i KNOW I'm doing it correctly She's very good with the step-by-step verbals and visuals, and moves at a comfortable pace. Also, I learned a bunch of cool little tips from her. Added bonus: she's a super nice and interesting person; turns out we share many of the same interests, and what I'm looking to develop - sort of a little niche project thing - she's been doing for years. I'll definitely be taking additional lessons from her. Thanks, Kim!
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Rikki Feb 16, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · In home
For many years I have wanted to sew and was too scared. After 1 lesson, Kim buit up my confidence enough so that I can sew seams forwards and backwards!! Threading the machine was challenging, I look forward to learning that and more next time, She is kind, ha a lot of patience and is very knowledgeable.
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Codou Feb 6, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · In home
Kim was recommended by a friend and I can see why. She was punctual, easy to communicate with even via email during the class with my many questions and very friendly. She gave my 8y old a sewing lessons and gave her (and me) many tips. She was very knowledgeable, clear, easy to follow and was even entertaining! My daughter learned a great deal andorrnimportantly acquired a lot of ease and confidence. We will use her again and I recommend her to anyone.
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Susan H. Jan 10, 2017
Verified Student · Knitting · Online
I am so grateful for Kim. She gives explanations that are easy to grasp and stays with you until you feel confident. Thanks to Kim and to takinglessons!
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Candice Jan 4, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · Online
Kim is fantastic and PATIENT! Highly recommended!!!
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Candice Jan 4, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · Online
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Edwin A. Jan 2, 2017
Verified Student · Sewing · In home
So far, after one lesson I've gathered that Kim is extremely spirited, knowledgeable and fun to work with. I'm an absolute, doe-eyed beginner and she even made going over the sewing machine instruction manual fun.
I didn't feel at all like I'm just another student. It seems, after first impressions that she genuinely cares about helping me reach my goals.
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Susan H. Dec 13, 2016
Verified Student · Knitting · Online
I love this way of taking lessons. Youtube doesn't allow for questions and it is SOO helpful to be doing it together and have questions answered immediately!
Kim is wonderful with very clear descriptions and amazingly patient, staying with me even when internet connections were iffy. Thank you so much!
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Susan H. Dec 6, 2016
Verified Student · Knitting · Online
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Ann W. Nov 21, 2016
Verified Student · Crocheting · Online
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